Carrière Wellington
Carrière Wellington
4.5
Military MuseumsHistory Museums
9:45 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Under the paving of Arras, lie impressive chalk quarries which were dug during the Middle Ages. During the Great War, Arras was destroyed as soon as 1914. From 1916, the Allies began preparing a diversion attack before Le Chemin des Dames assault. Guided tours only.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Hazel C
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    A Must See
    We booked on our tour during a day trip to Arras. Our guide Justine was excellent, conducting the tour in both French and English she took great care in looking after us. The tour guides you through the events leading up to Battle of Arras and the key part the tunnels played in this - a moving and must see experience.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Christopher K
    Pewsey, United Kingdom27 contributions
    Impressive wartime tunnel
    This is a fine museum which takes you on an extended journey along the network of tunnels dug and expanded by intrepid New Zealanders in the First World War. 20,000 troops lived down there before going over the top. Excellent guides give you fascinating detail of life 30 metres down. Sobering and awe-inspiring.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Kate W
    1 contribution
    Excellent and well worth a detour
    Superb museum bringing the story of the New Zealand tunnellers to life. Very moving. The tour lasts about 1 hour 15, with a mix of videos and explanations by our tour guide. We were gripped from beginning to end.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 5, 2023
  • David
    Oxford, United Kingdom1,589 contributions
    Good.
    Carriere Wellington - great tour. Interesting site. Informative and useful. Why give it four starts not five? Well, I would love to be able to explore more of the tunnels, and spend longer than you get to do in the tour groups to digest the history and surroundings. Sadly, that isn't an option. Which is understandable.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Mark O
    131 contributions
    Great historical experience
    My family originates from the region before my French mother moved to the UK after WW2; so it felt extra special to learn about local family history. I thought this was superb. Really well presented & a very informative and pleasant guide. The historical audio visual added to the experience. It’s great to see these places and memories preserved.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Tigertribal
    Craigavon, United Kingdom1,054 contributions
    First Class Tour
    Underground museum which has been created in a section of the many miles of tunnels dug by the British/New Zealand Army in the 1914-1918 war. The WW I tunnels connect with original tunnels & quarries dating back to the Middle Ages underneath the city of Arras. Visitors are taken 20 metres down to the underground quarry & tunnels in a lift. The lift has glass walls & as the lift descends, visitors can see the chalk walls of the lift shaft. Each person wears a headset with their chosen language. The guide takes the group on a tour through the tunnels lasting approximately 25 mins. On leaving the tunnels the group is invited into a small cinema to watch a short & moving film about the Battle of Arras, 1917. Café, Shop & Toilets on site. Highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Stuart_Away_Again
    Cambridge, United Kingdom789 contributions
    Outstanding
    I have visited Carriere Wellington before and the recent additions to the entrance way are impressive. Well worth booking in advance, once checked-in, you don a Tommy style steel helmet and audio guide and then after a short pre-amble head down into the Carriere. The tour last about 45 minutes and imaginative audio-visual effects and commentaries takes you back to the days immediately before the Battle of Arras. A real must do if you are in the area especially if you visit involves touring WW1 locations.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 11, 2023
  • SB
    2 contributions
    Amazing Tour - well worth going
    Really interesting tour with a great guide. We all really enjoyed learning about the NZ tunnellers - especially my Kiwi husband. It was really well done and very poignant at the end. Definitely recommend booking in advance during summer months.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Catthompson
    Uttoxeter, United Kingdom5 contributions
    A must if in Arras
    Truly the most moving and interesting museum I have ever visited. The knowledgeable guide plus audio and video tour brought this place to life. The horrors, beauty and bravery of these tunnels is something I will never forget. Highly recommended
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • angela l
    Bolton, United Kingdom27 contributions
    Excellent tour in the war tunnels of Arras
    Brilliant tour in the WW1 tunnels under Arras explaining the history of the mining and then the war. Great detail provided by the guide throughout and good visuals in the tunnels as well to get a good sense of what it was like for the people of Arras, the armies and the miners. Well organised with guides taking tours in english or french
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
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Tigertribal
Craigavon, UK1,054 contributions
Jul 2023
Underground museum which has been created in a section of the many miles of tunnels dug by the British/New Zealand Army in the 1914-1918 war. The WW I tunnels connect with original tunnels & quarries dating back to the Middle Ages underneath the city of Arras.

Visitors are taken 20 metres down to the underground quarry & tunnels in a lift. The lift has glass walls & as the lift descends, visitors can see the chalk walls of the lift shaft.

Each person wears a headset with their chosen language. The guide takes the group on a tour through the tunnels lasting approximately 25 mins. On leaving the tunnels the group is invited into a small cinema to watch a short & moving film about the Battle of Arras, 1917.

Café, Shop & Toilets on site.

Highly recommended.
Written July 21, 2023
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David A
Preston, UK517 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
They only provide guided tours so it is necessary to book in advance. I found this out because I’d emailed the museum and they couldn’t have been more helpful. Although this tour was only in French, the guide presented it in English as well. The audio sets were also set to English. The underground tunnels and their history were well explained. The tour last about 1 1/2 hours and finished with a short film. Excellent experience.
Written October 15, 2023
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We're honored by your positive comments and glad you enjoyed the tour's experience!
Written January 7, 2024
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Tjmazzer126
Kent, UK60 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Very informative guide who dealt with the language requirements of a mixed French and English group of adults.
Some explanations by the guide, interspersed with commentary from an audio guide.
Good use of sound, video and lighting to help bring the 1917 conditions to life.
Tour took around 1 hour 20 mins
Would thoroughly recommend to all
Written June 19, 2022
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ML59London
Epping, UK24 contributions
Jun 2022
Located underneath the outskirts of the City of Arras, the Carriere Wellington is a truly fascinating piece of WW1 history. The guided multi-lingual tour (some by audio, some from the guide) of the astonishing complex of tunnels dug by a battalion of New Zealand gold miners that secretly housed 24,000 troops ahead of the battle of Arras is EXCELLENT: very cleverly curated, atmospheric and brilliantly delivered by the enthusiastic and hugely knowledgeable guide.
On-site parking is easy.
Tip: Book ahead if your travel plans allow you to commit, as the tours are limited. And take a warm layer of clothing. In the heat of Summer it was still only about 11C down there!
Written July 13, 2022
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LynnetteYorkshire
Doncaster, UK70 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed our trip down into the tunnels today, the young female guide was very knowledgeable and took time to translate to myself and my husband, the English version. (We were the only two English speakers in the group).
The tour itself took approximately 55 minutes and well worth the €6.30 cost.
Written August 25, 2023
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Christopher K
Pewsey, UK27 contributions
Mar 2023
This is a fine museum which takes you on an extended journey along the network of tunnels dug and expanded by intrepid New Zealanders in the First World War. 20,000 troops lived down there before going over the top. Excellent guides give you fascinating detail of life 30 metres down. Sobering and awe-inspiring.
Written March 22, 2023
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Graham H
Elsenham, UK44 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
A very interesting historical tour 20m underground in the WW1 tunnels. Pre booking required which can be done in the Arras Tourist Office. Free parking on site. An audio visual guide is provided along with an in person guide to escort the visitors.
Written May 6, 2022
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JAnon99
120 contributions
Dec 2019
A fascinating and moving place to visit. Our guide was excellent, the audio guide was very informative too and the whole place is well worth your time.

Our French is limited (sadly - must work on this!) so the English spoken by the guide and in the audio guide was much appreciated.

A great insight into the battle of Arras and more.

Thank you Matthias (our guide - I hope that if have got your name right!)
Written January 7, 2020
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Brian F
Wigan, UK37 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
A superbly presented experience of First World War history with a great mix of audiovisual presentation and in-person guide. The context of the site and time is well explained to allow the visitor to get the most from the experience. It was interesting to explore an aspect of First World War tactics I was less familiar with. Highly recommended.
Written April 7, 2022
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Kate W
1 contribution
Apr 2023
Superb museum bringing the story of the New Zealand tunnellers to life. Very moving. The tour lasts about 1 hour 15, with a mix of videos and explanations by our tour guide. We were gripped from beginning to end.
Written April 5, 2023
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